Manish Dayal

by follers on January 6, 2017

Birth Name: Manish Sudhir Patel

Place of Birth: Orangeburg, South Carolina, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 17, 1983

Ethnicity: Gujarati Indian

Manish Dayal is an American actor and producer. His parents are from Gujarat, India.

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Tina Desai

by wanderer on December 30, 2016

Birth Name: Tena Babbar Desae

Place of Birth: Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Date of Birth: 24 February, 1987

*Gujarati Indian (father)
*Telugu Indian (mother)

Tina Desai is an Indian actress and model. She was born in Bangalore, to a Gujarati father and a Telugu mother. She is fluent in five languages, Gujarati, Telugu, Kannada, English, and Hindi.

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Naomi Scott

by Katz on December 8, 2012

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Birth Name: Naomi Grace Scott

Place of Birth: Hounslow, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: May 6, 1993

*Scottish, possibly other (father)
*Gujarati Indian (mother)

Naomi Scott is a British actress and singer. Her father, Chris Scott, is British, and likely has Scottish ancestry. Her mother, Usha (Joshi), is Gujarati Indian, from Uganda.


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Avan Jogia

by ethnic on June 2, 2010

Birth Name: Avan Tudor Jogia

Place of Birth: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Date of Birth: February 9, 1992

*Gujarati Indian (father)
*English, Welsh, some German (mother)

Avan Jogia is a Canadian actor, director, and activist.

His father is of Gujarati Indian descent. His mother has English, Welsh, and some German, ancestry. Some of Avan’s mother’s family moved to Canada from the United States, where they lived for many generations. Avan has said that he speaks “a little bit of French and a little bit of Gujarati”.

Avan’s paternal grandparents were Ramanlal Jogia and Sharda Lodia.

Avan’s maternal grandparents were Hugh Adney Tudor (the son of Adney Jennings Tudor and Lucille Marie Jorden) and Edith Marjory/Joan Griffiths. Avan’s great-grandfather Adney was the son of Edward Emerson Tudor and Pearl Dorothy Reed. Lucille was the daughter of James Daniel Jordan and Lula Belle File.

Sources: Just Jared interview with Avan Jogia –

Obituary and genealogy of Avan’s maternal great-grandfather, Adney Jennings Tudor (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Avan’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Edward Emerson Tudor (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Obituary of Avan’s maternal great-grandmother, Lucille Marie (Jorden) Tudor –

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Ben Kingsley

by ethnic on February 18, 2010

Birth Name: Krishna Bhanji

Place of Birth: Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 31 December, 1943

*Gujarati Indian (father)
*English (maternal grandmother)
*uncertain, possibly Ashkenazi Jewish (maternal grandfather)

Ben Kingsley is a British actor. He is known for his roles in the films Ghandi and Schindler’s List, among many others.

Ben’s father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was born in Kenya, to a Gujarati Indian family.

Ben’s mother, Anna Lyna Mary (Goodman), was British. Ben’s maternal grandmother was of English background. Ben’s maternal grandparents were never married, and Ben has stated that his mother had never met her own biological father.

Ben has said that his maternal grandmother told him that Ben’s maternal grandfather was either a Russian Jew or a German Jew. Ben’s maternal grandmother was described by the newspaper The Independent as “virulently anti-Semitic”. The newspaper quoted Ben as saying, “She resented the fact that she gave birth to my mother and then her Jewish lover disappeared, so it was a personal vendetta that came to include a whole race of people”.

In 1994, in an interview published in St. Petersburg Times, Ben stated, “there might be some Russian-Jewish heritage way back on my mother’s side, [but] the thread is so fine there’s no real evidence.”

In 2005, Ben stated in an interview with The Jerusalem Post, about his maternal grandmother, “She was violently opposed to talking about this [his mother’s father], so my poor mother was at the receiving end of a rage attack every time my grandmother was asked about her husband, her lover, whoever it was, but it’s believed that he was a Russian Jew or a German Jew called Goodman.”

Ben’s paternal grandparents were Harji Bhanji and Sikinabhai Lila Shamji.

Ben’s maternal grandmother was Agnes Marion Goodman (the daughter of James Frederick Goodman and Anne Lena/Lyna Westley). Agnes Goodman was born in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England. Anne Westley was the daughter of Henry Westley and Elizabeth Bennett.

Sources: Ben’s interview with Joe Pollack, published in St. Petersburg Times, 1994 –

Ben’s interview with The Jerusalem Post, 2005 –

Ben’s interview with The Independent, 2010 –

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